Summer Squash Blossoms

Squash blossoms are the quintessential summer dish in my house because my mom used to make them in August, when they first appeared in the markets. So I thought it would be a great idea to share our family’s favorite stuffed squash blossoms, and my own non traditional recipe, squash blossom pasta, while the season is just getting started.  … 

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Beer Cocktails

Beer Cocktails

Beer Cocktails

Have you ever been stuck deciding what to drink on a hot summer day? Struggling to choose from a classy cocktail or a refreshing brew? Recently, I decided I can have the best of both worlds, and tried my hand at the Beer Cocktail.

Despite featuring beer as the main ingredient, these cocktails pack an unexpected punch. They will cool, refresh, and impress you on those hot summer days. (The men in your life will love them too!)

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Cinco de Mayo Cemitas Celebración!

Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is celebrated for 2 reasons? For those in the United States, it is a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. In Mexico, it is the celebration of the victory at the Battle of Puebla. This year, I decided to have a celebración that high-lighted the best both worlds.

Chicken cemitas- Cinco de Mayo

Non-Traditional Chicken Cemitas

For my fiesta I had a “Make Your Own Cemitas” bar! I prepared all the ingredients earlier (with a lot of help from the FreshDirect Heat & Eat Department), leaving me with plenty of time to enjoy the fiesta stress free. I gave my guests the option of creating a traditional cemitas (by leaving a recipe card on the table) or allowing them to go for something a little bit more inspirado…. 

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Warm-Weather Cocktails Inspired by Vita Coco

With warm weather on my mind (I’m dreaming of my Caribbean vacation), I decided to start summer early by creating signature summer cocktails. These light and bright drinks, inspired by Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water, will transport you to a sunny and warm beach even in the coldest of seasons. Warning! Tiny drink umbrellas are not included.

Mango MimosaMango Mimosa: This is perfect for those summer brunches on the patio in the morning sun and is officially my new brunch go-to…. 

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Three Easy and Cheesy Bites

Goat Cheese and Apple Tartlets

Goat Cheese and Apple Tartlets

Thanksgiving crept up on me really quickly, and I was completely unprepared for the holiday. Well, not this time!

With those other holidays coming up (anyone else notice that the 25 days of Christmas have already started?), I decided to put together three easy & cheesy bites to help alleviate the stress and prep of holiday entertaining.

Goat Cheese & Apple Tartlets
These are a light and flaky treat that will delight your guests, and leave you with plenty of time to enjoy happy hour.

Spooky Spirits

Vampire Bite Cocktail

Vampire Bite Cocktail

Halloween is my favorite holiday! I had so many ideas, it was hard to choose just a few to share, but I prevailed! Here are my “Treats ‘n Tricks” for Halloween inspired “Spooky Spirits.” These cocktails are my creepy twists on classics that can help set a spooky mood for your Halloween festivities and give your guests something to scream about.

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Halloween Tricks for (Grown-Up) Treats

Halloween Drinks

Halloween Drinks

I love entertaining, so here are a few of my Tricks for (Grown-Up) Treats to take basic cocktails and bring them to a spooky level for your Halloween guests!

“Screaming Bloody Mary”- This is a great way to start off trick or treating, by kicking up this classic morning cocktail. For those that dare, you can add just an extra dash (or two or three) of Tabasco sauce, and a cayenne pepper salt rim (just mix cayenne pepper, salt and lemon zest) to really get your guests screaming…. 

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